In July the city's Water Authority finalized a long-term forest management contract with the Wildlife Conservancy to maintain tens of thousands of acres for decades.
One intangible benefit with the earning of carbon credits – essentially cash credit for not using up resources – was that the watershed was audited for in the first week of August.
Authority Executive Director Steve Repasch said prior to Aug. 10 more than 17,000 of the 22,000 acres submitted for study had qualified, though with a number of needed correctable actions.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
Local advocates of justice for the disenfranchised hosted a meeting July 18 at Muhlenberg College where about 35 people listened to plans to help eligible Pennsylvania voters who might not have a suitable identification card to meet requirements of the newly-enacted voter identification law. The Allentown Chapter of the NAACP, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pennsylvania Diversity Network sponsored the meeting. Adrian Shanker of the Pa. Diversity Network moderated the event.
William Hansell was appointed Lehigh County Executive in a unanimous decision by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners at its Aug. 8 meeting in Allentown.
Hansell, of Lower Macungie Township, takes over for Don Cunningham, who left the position July 8 to become the president and chief executive officer of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. Hansell has worked in government for nearly 50 years, including a recent stint as a Lehigh County Commissioner from 2010 to 2011, when he finished the term of Bill Leiner Jr.
"It just takes one," First Lady Michelle Obama emphasized to a crowd of nearly 2,000 women, men and their children Thursday night at Archibald Johnston Hall at Moravian College as she campaigned for her husband, President Barack Obama.
"This election could all come down to the last few thousand votes, particularly here in this state," she said.
She mentioned many of the president's landmark accomplishments, including health care reform, ending the Iraq War, work on student loans and getting rid of Osama Bin Laden.
The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA) held a series of open houses Aug. 1 and 2 to get public input on a number of enhancements being considered to make the local transportation system faster, more reliable and more efficient. Planning Director Owen O'Neil said that after a two-year study LANTA has created priority routes where it wants to focus improvements. The authority has developed some ideas on how to do that, according to O'Neil, but now it is looking for public input.